The Spirit of the Grateful Dead Keeps on Truckin’ at the Days Between Festival

Dark Star Orchestra - All Photos by James Whittlesey

Photos and Review by JAMES WHITTLESEY

It was a long drive to attend the Days Between Festival in Laytonville, California, but for me and hundreds of other fans it was worth it.

The festival is a celebration of everything Grateful Dead and the bands give those who were not lucky enough to see the Dead in their prime a chance to keep on Truckin’.

The people at the festival were super friendly, even though it was hot, crowded and dusty. But the music and performances eclipsed any discomforts and put everyone in a great state of mind.

Headlining the festival was the Darkstar Orchestra, which is famous for continuing the Grateful Dead live concert experience. They re-created sets from past Grateful Dead shows on long set both nights. They played with lots of energy with their own blend of Americana and psychedelic music. To me, the Darkstar Orchestra gives the Grateful Dead new life and their energy is upbeat.

The David Nelson Band and Stu Allen and Friends also played some great sets of classic psychedelic rock.

Tumbleweed Soul - James Whittlesey photo
Tumbleweed Soul – James Whittlesey photo

Tumbleweed Soul and the Grateful Bluegrass Boys did some solid bluegrass music with a nod to the Grateful Dead. Also playing was Full Moon Alice, Jerry’s Middle Finger and the Whisky Family band.

The Days Between Festival keeps the music Grateful Dead very much alive.